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Lessons from Haiti

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 11, 2011

A new report from the Knight Foundation analyzes how new technologies were used to aid in the recovery of the earthquake in Haiti. The report -- Media, Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti -- suggests that the events mark "the beginning of a new culture in disaster relief" in which new and hybrid technologies, including mobile phones, are used to support rescue and relief efforts.

The report mentions a numnber of uses of mobile technology, including:

  • Interactive maps and SMS helped search-and-rescue teams find people in need of supplies
  • SMS messages broadcast critical information to Haitians
  • Hybrid approaches in which mobile technology was used in conjunction with radio

The authors have three main observations:

Lessons from Haiti Report

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MobileActive Wins Knight Foundation News Challenge

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Jun 21, 2009

It's been an eventful week here at with much going on. So it's only now that we are happy to announce that is a 2009 Knight Foundation News Challenge Winner. The prize is for the Mobile Media Toolkit, a comprehensive directory of mobile tools and strategies that will allow anyone use mobile tech for citizen media and journalism. We believe that there is a critical need for better aggregation and presentation of tools, tech, and resources for citizens and media organizations around the world. is one of nine winners, out of more than 3,000 applicants.

For more, watch this video, courtesy of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, where I explain what the Mobile Media Toolkit is all about. Thank you, Knight Foundation, and Gary Kebbel, Knight Foundation journalism program director, for your support of our work. (video after the break)